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Fox Rumored To Want More WWE Programming On Top Of SmackDown Live

SmackDown Live will move to FOX in October 2019 and may very well have some other WWE shows to accompany it.

Earlier this year, FOX broke the bank in order to get SmackDown Live on its network. Five years worth of WWE's blue brand set FOX back more than $1 billion, and it seems as if Rupert Murdoch was more than happy to pay it. Since then, NBCUniversal has paid even more than that to keep Raw where it is for the foreseeable future, on the USA Network.

While the initial surprise of the FOX deal has died down, speculation as to what could happen with SmackDown Live has not. You can rest assured that there are going to be some changes with some fans even speculating that the show that has always been considered the B brand could surpass Raw, thus becoming WWE's flagship and Vince McMahon's new favorite plaything.

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While that could happen, what is much more likely is FOX getting more WWE programming than just the one show. According to The Athletic, a number of new shows could find their way on to Fox Sports 1. Rumor has it that there will be both a pre and a post-show for SmackDown Live, and possibly the same thing for pay per views, much like the network has done in the past with UFC.

There has also been talk of a mid-week in-studio show being added to the FS1 schedule, but there's one aspect of that rumor WWE might not like. If all of these additional shows do find their way onto FS1, FOX will be in charge of hiring the hosts and the presenters. While WWE would still have to sign off on their choices, familiar faces such as Renee Young and Charly Caruso might not make the cut.

The whole SmackDown Live to FOX move has already been fascinating, and we still have more than a year to build and speculate on what the final product will look like. Whatever happens, 2019 is going to be an extremely big year for WWE. Plus, so much more within the company could change between now and the launch date so it is almost impossible to predict how it will all go down.

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